Update (10/13/2013): During Part Two of The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 5 Reunion, Andy Cohen asked Caroline Manzo if her family is a real-life version of the Sopranos "I get very, very offended," Caroline said when asked how she feels about being likened to the fictional crime family "I will go to war to anybody who smudges his name," she continued in her husband Albert's defense.

Mama Manzo grew even more tight-lipped when asked about her father-in-law's mysterious death. "We don't know. We don't want to know. It's certainly suspect," she said of the circumstances of his death. As we've explained below, Albert's father was found dead in a trunk of a car, bound and gagged

Caroline explained that she found out about Tiny's passing at 4 a.m. on her birthday, and was understandably not eager to relive or recount that day."I don't want to go back there, and whoever doesn't understand that can go f— themselves."

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If there is one thing that Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo is known for, it’s her no-holds barred attitude when it comes to defending herself and her family. However, the reality TV mom’s family has a scandal that haunts them daily — the mysterious death of her father-in-law Albert (Tiny) Manzo.

In an interview with the NY Daily News, Caroline discussed how her father-in-law’s death has stigmatized the “mafia” aspect of her family’s Italian roots, especially since Albert Sr. was found dead in the trunk of a car outside a supermarket in Hillside, N.J. August, 1983. He was executed “mob-style.”

“I will not give credence to the Mafia talk,” Manzo says of her father-in-law. “He was a good man, a family man. His death remains a mystery.”

The murder was never solved, even though it’s suspected that Tiny was involved in skimming money from a casino on Staten Island with the Gambino (another “mafia” family) family’s soldier, Peter A. Campisi. The murder has followed the family, making them a target of mobster chatter. Tiny was found bound and gagged with four bullet shots in his torso. Campisi suffered a similar fate.

While we’re sorry that Tiny had to “sleep with the fishes,” we’re delighted to see that Caroline doesn’t let what her father-in-law may have been mixed up with in the past mess up her plans for the future.

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Source: NY Daily News